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Manchester building contractor Roland Bardsley is likely to set up a company to carry out speculative housing developments in and around St Petersburg in joint venture with local Russian firms.The UK company, which has been playing host this week to its fourth delegation from Russia's second city in the past two years, also plans a new company to train Russian construction professionals and tradesmen.It has introduced the delegation, of 11 Russian construction company chiefs and the mayor of St Petersburg's personal economic adviser, to Manchester-based housing associations to discuss setting up similar bodies in Russia.The delegation also met David Lunts, who chairs Manchester's housing committee, to see what help the city could give St Petersburg in drawing up a housing strategy. Manchester is twinned with St Petersburg.UK contractors have so far had little to do with Russia's chronic housing problems. CONSTRUCTION NEWS